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The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Frantianno

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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Hardcover, 463 pages
Published January 13th 1980 by Crown
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Apr 03, 2012 Clint rated it it was amazing
I think that is book is very interesting. I was able to stay completely focused while reading this book, and at times I did not want to put it down. The life of Jimmy was one of love, revenge and betrayal. I think that I really enjoyed this book because the character of Jimmy was very interesting. It’s hard to believe some of the stuff that he was able to do. For example he started his own trucking business and was almost able to run a competitor out of town. I also think that this book is very ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Erik rated it it was ok
It takes a lot (or a little as the case may be) for me to not like a book on the mafia, but this book was just not good. It is largely a meandering recitation of mostly pretty boring stories with no semblance of an overarching arc to the story. Not only is seemingly everything that ever happened to Frantianno included (e.g a surprising number of homages to his self-reported sexual prowess, and yes those are as classy and relevant as you are now imagining) but there are also several sections that ...more
Craig Brisco
Nov 29, 2013 Craig Brisco rated it it was ok
I felt the book was disjointed. Too many names with not enough description of the players involved.
I basically finished it because I hate to not complete something I start.
The book can be summed up by stating this Jimmy "the weasel" broke laws, murdered people, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous and when he fell out of favor with his friends and they came looking to murder him he tucked tail and turned government witness.
He truly lived up to his nickname.
May 06, 2008 Walt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: organized-crime
Like most books written by mob informants, a lot of Jimmy Fratianno's stories are debatable, meaning there is little evidence to support them, and little evidence to contradict them. He was honest about his participation in some mob executions.

The best parts about this book are the photos and description of the California underworld, something lacking for many years. Fratianno's memoirs are also the extent of public knowledge on the San Francisco-Bay Area underworld.
Jessica Micallef
Jul 17, 2012 Jessica Micallef rated it liked it
At times it got a bit confusing with all the factual details...but then again without that it wouldn't be so rich. Getting a first hand insight of the background of the mafia and the process involved in joinging was interesting. Also to see how they operate and the specific regulations they abide by. Reading about the power they had and understand how the family structures work and all the operations they were involved in was really really interesting.
John Conway
Aug 08, 2015 John Conway rated it really liked it
Here's a short recap: the Jews in the book ended up with the money, the Italians with the bragging rights and the Working stiff teamsters Nada. It's a good read and easy to follow. Some names from early Vagas days are now respectable house hold names, well at least two. Gonna have to read it to find out.
Jun 13, 2009 Cathay added it
Incredible! Can it really be true? Somehow, the "answer" regarding Jimmy Hoffa, and other similar descriptions (Sinatra, Zeppo Marx, Hollywood, Vegas) seem just a bit glossed over. But this is intended to be a biography and from that aspect, the book offers a wide open view of Jimmy the Weasle's world.
Interesting to read about the mob influence on the West Coast. You think of Las Vegas and the East only. Not California.The last third of the book I was having trouble keeping all the characters straight and some of the financial hocus pocus they pulled was hard to follow. But amazing that the mafia groups could pull it all off.
Shiloh Reynolds
Dec 03, 2015 Shiloh Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a good mobster autobiography
Page turner and full of good information and stories especially in regard to west coast operations
Jun 07, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
Frank Palardy
Feb 16, 2016 Frank Palardy rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is a scary book. Makes you realize how nasty the Mafia was. Frantianno was more or less co-writer so it's very realistic.
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